Haven't seen your passport in over a year? No dramas. We're taking you around the globe with 10 killer cocktails without the need for a passport, plane ticket or expensive 10-day quarantine when you get back!
It might not seem that adventurous, but when it comes to booze, England makes some of the best. Chapel Down in the heart of the Garden of England not only makes some of the best English Sparkling (it rivals Champagne!), but they're also pretty bad-ass at producing gin... put 'em together and you've got a fancy taste of BarChick's home country.
Tequila + Irn Bru. Never have two nations been so harmoniously represented than with this beauty. Storywood tequila already has some Scottish ancestory, with the Mexican spirit having been aged in Speyside barrels for 7 years before being bottled. And Irn Bru... well, you could only get a more Scottish soft drink if you put it in a kilt and taught it to hate the English.
So you watched every true crime doc going over lockdown and now you've got a taste for murder? This Aussie twist on a Tom Collins should satisfy your need for something criminal. Using Four Pillars Australian gin along with their experimental Bloody Shiraz (original Rare Dry Gin steeped with local cool climate Shiraz grapes) they've come up with this bloody epic looking cocktail.
From Mykonos to Santorini, Crete to Corfu... you want a taste of Greek island life, you're gonna need to get a bottle of METAXA, AKA the smoothest amber spirit under the Sun, made with aged distillates and aromatic Muscat wines from the Aegean islands. Now you just gotta pray to Zeus for some sun.
If you want a real taste of China, there's really only one spirit that'll do the job. Baijiu is China’s national drink, distilled from wheat or glutinous rice. And this isn't a new spirit on the block. Oh no. This clear spirit goes back 5000 years. Those are some deep roots, baby. This exotic cocktail uses Ming River Baijiu, the OG Sichuan Baijiu with notes of pineapple and anise with a lingering finish.
Elephants and gin. Not a classic combo, but turns out it is a winning one. The crew behind Elephant Gin were inspired by the South African tradition of sunset cocktails to make a premium gin using rare African botanicals, and with every full size bottle sold, Elephant Gin contributes 15% of profits to elephant conservation charities. Legends.
Produced in Portland and owned by Ryan Reynalds (AKA Canada's sexiest export) - if you're looking for a taste of North America (with a strong juniper lead), Aviation Gin will take ya to new heights.
You might be sick of dining al fresco in the cold, rainy UK, but imagine swapping out that wet London pavement for a sundrenched beach in Barcelona... heaven right? Now add in a tall refreshing glass of El Bandarra and tonic and try to forget the fact that Summer has decided not to show up at home yet.
There are luxury whiskies, and then there are luxurious whiskies, and when it comes to both, India knows how to smash it. The Rampur Double Cask spends two-thirds of its life maturing in handpicked American Bourbon Barrels and a third in European Oak Sherry Casks. The result is balsamic vanilla notes on the palate which vibe perfectly with the full-bodied tropical fruit notes on the nose; perfect for an elevated Old Fashioned.
Palm trees, white sand beaches and chill vibes. Jamaica is where we let our mind wander to when we're craving some Vitamin D. We're talking Vitamin Daiquiri, baby. This tropical serve is made using the fruit-forward Appleton Estate Signature for a Jamaican twist on the Daiquiri's DNA.
p.s Your passport is at the back of that drawer in the kitchen where you keep the allen keys...